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MJ Conway

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Educational

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-01-2020

A good insight into another marathon method unlike the 80/20 Lydiard type methods or the crazy hard Zatopek (fast and hard) type plans you see. Hanson’s really focus on balance and cumulative fatigue. Not to mention a slightly less long run (16 miles max )... dare I say it!!
This book really helped me understand there is always another method or another way to train if I need it. After American Desiree Linden (Boston 2018 marathon winner) won with these guys, I was always interested in what lay behind the Hanson’s secretive plans and strategies.
This book blows it all wide open and reveals nearly all you need to know about what they do and why the do what they do. An honest open account that is interesting for any runner looking or attempting this distance. There's always an alternative training method and Hanson’s could just be what you are looking for...? No real actual story for me though more accounts and reasons with evidence. That said worth the purchase and a great education!

Inspiring

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-2020

I never knew what Deena’s achievements were exactly. Now I know, to say I am impressed is an understatement! Great listen, inspiring and worth the money you pay for this. I personally took notes on some tips to take with me into the London Marathon. A race of many this American excelled in!

Top Story

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Reviewed: 26-11-2019

I was expecting a good story and I got it. I needed something like this in the down season (in-between marathons) away from the preciseness of marathon training plans, facts and figures.
You get a good feel of simple Kenyan daily life, with how running fits into it. Its religious for many! A good listen and worth the purchase if you are interested in a good story with running around it.

He was right!

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Reviewed: 26-11-2019

Dr Phil was right. He names Eluid Kipchoge as one of the guys who has the potential to do it. And he was right!

Great insight into all things it takes to achieve ground breaking record perfomance which I used myself for Berlin marathon 2019. (a PB - a record for me).
No Vegan 'game changing' diet mentioned here. Just a heap of topics discussed that works and has worked for years, the world over including many east african insights. A damn good read, thoroughly researched and evidenced by one of the worlds top researchers, clinicians and authors. You cannot fail to be impressed by the amount of evidence in here...exceptional stuff..

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Exceptional stuff from Jurek !

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-07-2019

Really enjoyed this. Motivational and a great help for a mere mortal like me just starting out in the trail and ultra running game. Knowing that the great Scott Jurek felt and feels like I do on some runs is very pleasing! Some great tips on plant based nutrition, injury prevention and cures and how to go the full distance when everything is against you. Top book, rate it highly for both experienced and beginner level athletes!

MEB is a legend

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-07-2019

If you like endurance topics, true storys of challenging times and hearing about success against the odds in sport and life this is the book for you. It is a highly motivationg classic from one of the worlds top ever Marathoners. He describes his win in Boston superbly after the bombings there. What a legend he really is! Go MEB !!

Wow!

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Reviewed: 10-06-2019

Personal, touching and all round awesome read. Anyone who has ever heard of or understands some of the complex topics of within the subject of mental health and how helpless it can make you feel at times should also read this. Fitzgerald bears all in this thrilling account of his difficult time with his beautiful wife and his own endurance activities and challenges at the time. Fitzgerald, a world renowned author and coach gets you to understand through this book that, life really is a marathon. Be careful though, on occasion the heart strings are tugged!!

Another Fitzgerald (Warden) cracker

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Reviewed: 04-12-2018

Matt Fitzgerald and David Warden team up brilliantly here. If you have read Matt Fitzgerald previously, you will not be disappointed with this. Being based in Western Australia and prior to reading 8020 Triathlon I did not know who David Warden was but once I did my research I began to understand his exceptional work with athletes such as the Iron Cowboy and his own personal achievements, fair to say a true powerhouse in his sport. What a team we have here.

You feel that the two professionals treat the reader, whatever level they are at, with respect. They explicitly highlight the details you need to be aware of in order for you to maximise and help achieve your own performance goals. For me Fitzgerald always breaks down the science and explains things in an easy to understand format. Yes, there may be some light decoding but you get it, easily. As a reader you experience page after page of educational treats and if you understand the 8020-way or even if you do not Fitzgerald and Warden give you all the tools required to make and understand your own 8020 Triathlon plan! WITH NO EXTRA CHARGE!!

You know and feel the plethora of hints, tips and advice come from many years of endurance experience between the two and you can be rest assured that whether you are at beginner, intermediate or sub elite level you will learn many things as you journey through this book. I am certain that this book will remain on my bookshelf (with no dust!!) for many different reference reasons for a very long time!

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Great book for beginners

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Reviewed: 04-12-2018

If you are new to the sport this book is worth a read/listen. I like Scott's almost informal approach and how he describes the sport and announces his top tips from his experience. He confirms his own strengths and weaknesses which make you feel normal also! Testament to him for this. If you have done several 70.3's or some full Ironman events or more, my suggestion would be to move on but for lesser experienced 'triathletes' like myself this booked worked. While listening to this audible version, Scott seemed like a fun chap and he also reminds us of why we get into endurance sports in the first place. Yes its to push ourselves and realise our potential but it’s also to enjoy the experience and have fun! Not everyone can do or is able to do this stuff...

Another Fitzgerald classic.

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Reviewed: 08-10-2018

An excellent listen in my car journey to work. Was not sure at first about Seth Donskys voice but as the chapters went by, I loved it! The story is well researched, highly informative and gives you an excellent insight of what it must have been like at the time to witness one of the most famous duels in endurance sport. Loved the build up and finish. Highly recommend whether you are into endurance sports or not.